A swimming pool is great to have when the weather gets hot. Everyone loves to cool off with a good dip in the pool. Young children are particularly fascinated by water because of how it glistens, how it feels and how it splashes. This lure can be very risky.
Every year throughout the great state of Texas, people drown needlessly and kids are the most at risk. Worse still is the fact that for every fatal drowning, there are up to 4 nonfatal accidents that are serious enough to necessitate hospitalization. On the other hand, certain steps in pool safety for kids can reduce or eliminate those risks and keep the pool for what it was intended for – great times.
Here are some pool safety tips to protect your family from the dangers associated with a backyard pool.
Swimming Pool Safety Fencing
Fencing should block all direct access to the swimming pool. The pool fencing should have a self-closing and self-latching/self-locking gate that allows easy access by an adult but closes shut, blocking access for children and pets. The latch or lock should be out of the child’s reach.
Children Must Learn to Swim
It is recommended that kids learn to swim as soon as they can crawl. At a very young age, children are easily distracted and can be disoriented if they fall into the pool, rendering the ability to swim virtually useless. However, as children age, the ability to swim will protect them with greater return.
Pool Safety Alarms
Some pool safety alarms install on the doors leading to the pool area that sounds when they are opened. Others are triggered when something falls into the water, sounding-off on a base installation inside the home. More recent designs of pool alarms may be worn by toddlers or pets and sound off on a base station when immersed in water. Regardless of the model, an alarm alerts home owners when someone or something has accessed the pool.
This is one of the hardest pool safety tips for people to follow. In today’s world of constant distractions it is very hard not to become diverted. Sixty-nine percent of drowning fatalities take place when one or both parents were in charge of supervision of the child. Supervision is necessary, but unfortunately alone, can fail.
Learning CPR and First Aid
Avoiding misfortune is what everyone prefers, however being prepared should it arrive can prevent a small accident from becoming a big one. There should be at least one adult in every household who can swim and perform CPR in the event of a drowning.
Implement Home Pool Rules
Create home swimming pool rules for everyone to follow in order to be allowed in the pool area.
Drowning is avoidable through layers of protections. It is crucial to understand that swimming pool safety isn’t one quick fix. Each step alone is not enough. However, combined can lead to many safe and fun seasons by the pool!